GRAPH: Electronic recyclable rates gain in 2010 [Graphic]

In 2009, Columbia held five electronic recyclable collections. While only two collections have been held thus far in 2010, the number of items gathered is fast approaching that of the previous year. Listed below are the rates for the top six electronic recyclables collected in Columbia.

Playing fetch at Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Jackie Putnam plays fetch in the water with her 3-year-old Labrador mix, Bubba, at Stephens Lake Park on Thursday. She adopted Bubba from the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis. Putnam said she is happy that Bubba gets to live in Columbia instead of the city. "Columbia is a really dog-friendly town," she said. "There are a lot of parks, and people are a little more relaxed with their dogs."

Stopping at bur oak on Katy Trail [Photo]

As part of an ongoing journey down the Katy Trail a group from Troy, Ill., stops at a bur oak on Route K on Thursday. The group, which includes Ron, Kathy, Sandy and Allen Poletti, Jeff and Annamarie Scharringhause and Dave Bartels are in their fourth year of riding the trail from St. Charles to Clinton, a section at a time. This year they're riding from Hartsburg to Rocheport during the day and staying at bed and breakfasts at night. Ron Poletti described the camaraderie of the trip: "Stop at every bar along the trail, and you'll see us there."

Gulf Rig Explosion [Photo]

Boats are seen spraying water on an oil and gas platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on Thursday. All 13 crew members were rescued.

Missouri vs. Illinois Pregame, 2009 [Photo]

A scene from the Missouri Alumni Association's pregame event before the 2009 Arch Rivalry game against Illinois.

Columbia City Manager's Fiscal Year 2011 budget [Document]

Click here for an annotated PDF of the city manager's budget for fiscal year 2011. For ease of readership, some sections and pages have been removed from this copy of the budget. The full budget is available on the city's website.

City of Columbia audit to go with Kennedy column [Document]

Click here to view the city of Columbia's 2009 audit document.

Watching the waves [Photo]

A woman watches waves churned up by Hurricane Earl break against the pier in Surf City, N.C. on Sept. 2.

No vacancy [Photo]

A window is boarded up with a message at the Buxton Beach Motel in Buxton, N.C., on Sept. 1 as Hurricane Earl approaches North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Packing up surfboards [Photo]

Scott Reese, of Asheville, N.C., packs his surfboards up as he prepares to evacuate for Hurricane Earl, as it heads toward the eastern coast, in Atlantic Beach, N.C., on Sept. 2.

Surfing before the storm [Photo]

A surfer enjoys the large surf as Hurricane Earl heads towards the eastern coast on Sept. 1 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Boarding up a doorway [Photo]

Justin Curcio, a carpenter from Buxton, boards up a doorway at Hatteras Cabanas in Hatteras, N.C., Wednesday as Hurricane Earl approaches North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Hurricane Earl at 5 a.m. Thursday [Graphic]

Hurricane Earl's position at 5 a.m. Thursday and its projected track.

Matthew Hall [Photo]

Matthew Hall

New rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico [Graphic]

An offshore oil platform owned by Mariner Energy of Houston exploded on Thursday. The rig is west of the site of the Deepwater Horizon accident and about 80 miles south of Vermillion Bay, La.

MU soccer player Alex Charlebois at practice [Photo]

Missouri freshman Alex Charlebois came to the Tigers from London, Onatario, where she was the 2006 Athlete of the Year at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School.

Missouri soccer player Alex Charlebois [Photo]

Missouri freshman Alex Charlebois, center, finishes morning soccer practice by doing stretches with the rest of her team Wednesday on Faurot Field.

Brimmage brings intensity to Mizzou volleyball [Photo]

Teammates sometimes refer to Missouri junior Brittney Brimmage as “Scar” because people can find her intimidating.

Rock Bridge soccer player Tyler Brittain [Photo]

Rock Bridge defender Tyler Brittain battles for the ball against Rolla on Tuesday in the Bruins' home opener.

Armendariz brings energy to Mizzou volleyball [Photo]

Missouri defensive specialist Priscilla Armendariz is frequently found dancing or laughing while she's on the court.